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3 Online Business Ideas for Couch Potatoes

April 28, 2017
Small Business
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Maybe you like eating ice cream in your underwear — no judgment, live your truth — but if you also aspire to achieve entrepreneurial greatness, consider the infinite possibilities of the World Wide Web.

Truth bomb: Success will likely rely on at least some time spent outside your home (sorry).

To help you start a business, we’ve identified three online business ideas with moneymaking potential.

1. Retail

Whether you’ve designed something people didn’t know they wanted (hello, selfie stick) or purchased a bunch of top-notch jewelry wholesale, you can set up an online store to sell your goods.

Pro tip: According to market research firm Forrester Research Inc., toys and pet products are hot right now.

2. Affiliate marketing

Got a hot take? So does half the internet. But if your blog, Tumblr, YouTube channel or Instagram account captures a lot of eyes, you can turn your internet musings into a solid side hustle. Adding affiliate links to your content means you get a percentage of the profit when your readers click.

Pro tip: Don’t go crazy with links. Make sure what you’re promoting aligns with who is reading your website.

3. Tech

Keeping up with the latest tech opportunities puts innovators on top. If you know how to program, code or design, you’ve got an “in” to a consistently growing field.

Pro tip: To get started, consider focusing on ways to amp up websites and create apps for local businesses.

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Jackie Zimmermann is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: jzimmermann@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @jackie_zm.